By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – Bump, set, pass? For five minutes, the volleyball didn’t hit the floor as the Palestine Lady Cats worked on their passing game.

After the ball eventually did hit the floor, the Lady Cats moved on to another drill and Head Coach Janae Evans spoke to The Messenger about the upcoming 2018 season.

“We have six returners and I think one of our strengths – last year versus this year – will be the confidence the girls have, especially the ones that were with me last year. They are used to my system and they have a lot of experience on this level. They all got a lot of playing time and they’re bringing back that experience,” Evans said.

She added the Lady Cats’ front row players will need to be reckoned with by other teams as the season progresses.

“We’re excited about that, but we have to utilize our front line players. We are so versatile and we haven’t tapped into what all we can do yet,” the coach explained. “I see a lot of potential there.”

The Lady Cats will be in District 19-4A this year along with: the Fairfield Lady Eagles; the Madisonville Lady Mustangs; the Mexia Lady Black Cats; and the Rusk Lady Eagles.

“Fairfield and Rusk – Rusk is new to our district – both are very competitive. They always have been. Mexia – it’s always been tough to go to Mexia and play. Then Madisonville is bringing back a lot of experience this year. They were young last year and like they say – a year older, a year wiser. It will be tough. Every match will be tough in district,” Evans said.

Players to watch this year for the Lady Cats include Shayla Arthur and Ke’ondra White.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.